Social Media Personas That Kill Careers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-02-18 Email

A significant number of HR managers agree that job candidates frequently hurt their chances of getting hired due to inappropriate social media activity, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam, a Robert Half Co. Too often, applicants take themselves out of the running by posting negative and/or insensitive comments, or by appearing in inappropriate photos that are publically displayed. It's essential to remember that when you participate in social media exchanges, you're revealing an aspect of your personality and lifestyle to existing and potential employers. So it's essential to maintain a professional decorum in social media land. "People often believe posting on social media is just harmless fun," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, "but, in reality, employers frequently look online to learn about prospective hires. Professionals should think beyond eliminating unflattering content from their digital accounts, to how they can 'wow' hiring managers by showcasing career accomplishments and industry involvement." To further illustrate, OfficeTeam has come up with what we're calling five "career killer" social media personas, and we're highlighting those here. More than 300 U.S. HR managers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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